The Chariot Festival – Jagannath Rath Yatra 2015
The Chariot Festival – Jagannath Rath Yatra 2015 has always been talked about. In India, people of different religions live together, is also a country of festivals. In our country one festival is followed by another. Today, on one hand where Muslims are celebrating Eid while on the other hand the biggest Rath Yatra of the century began in Puri. This annual festival of Hindu’s known as the Chariot Festival is celebrated on Ashad Shukla Dwitya (second day in the bright fortnight of Ashad month).
The Jagannath Rath Yatra is associated with Lord Jagannath and is held at Puri in the state of Orissa. The three decorated chariots Taladhwaja, Nandighosha and Darpadalana, of Lord Balabhadra, Lord Jagannath and Devi Subhadra began the Rath Yatra of about 67km from Bhubaneshwar on Saturday. It is believed that when a man dies, it is the body which actually dies off not the soul. The soul being a fragment of God never decays, it only moves from one body to another. As a human being like we change clothes our soul also changes body.Navakalevar can be interpreted as a ceremony for entering into new bodies, when Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra and Sudarshan cast of their old bodies and take new ones. Fortunately, the event of Rath Yatra and that of the Navakalevar ceremony of the 12th century Puri Jagannath temple deities has been coincided. Therefore, it has much more significance for the devotees.
The state government is expecting a crowd of more that thirty lakh people to attend the ceremony. Therefore, it has made some arrangements so that the Rath Yatra could be completed without much difficulty. About thirty temporary shelters in and around the town have been made to accommodate the visitors. Moreover, dozens of water taps have been set up along the Grand Road and there are hundreds of volunteers who will be present with water sprinklers. In addition to this, to deal with any possible epidemic existing Puri hospitals has been upgraded. The frequency of the trains has been increased and bus stands have been introduced at the outskirts of the town. As we all know that most of the good events are followed by some unfortunate incidents. In order to avoid any such incidents the security of the state has been increased as there is chance of terrorist attack during this auspicious occasion and it is the duty of the government to protect the people. Personnel of Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS), Rapid Action Force (RAF) and sharp shooters have been deployed at vital points. Also, the people must also be alert and must report to the police if anyone watches any unusual thing or incident that takes place near him.
We hope that people of all religions live together like a family and celebrate all the festivals together with great enthusiasm.
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